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Old 10-14-2015, 02:46 AM   #1
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"......and then if you pull on this here ropey thingy we.........oops"
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And, one day, I'm going to invent a canting keel type of thing....because this is bulls**t.....
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Who rocked the boat?
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Old 10-14-2015, 04:57 PM   #4
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which incident was that?
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It's Amorita vs Sumurun.
Here's a link to a movie/documentary which grew from the incident.
Amorita and Sumurun: the most dramtatic yacht-racing crash of recent history: video | Classic Boat Magazine
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Tell me that is a Photo Shop adventure and not a real picture!
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And, one day, I'm going to invent a canting keel type of thing....because this is bulls**t.....
That's why the enlightened few sail catamarans
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I don't see much difference



except when the cat's flip it's far more spectacular! And they don't pop back up on their own like a monohull either...






Don't you agree?
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It's real and very scary if you watch the video.
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I don't see much difference

except when the cat's flip it's far more spectacular! And they don't pop back up on their own like a monohull either...

Don't you agree?
That's like comparing a Ferrari with my 4 x 4
and there is nothing more stable than an upside down catamaran !
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Joined the crew for the annual Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach race on Friday, 4th December. Only 30 miles or so. Easy. In a biggish boat, a Macgregor 65, we set off with a wind blowing toward our destination. We were buzzing along at 12 knots assisted by the Gulf Stream which was setting north at about 5 knots.

Then the wind swung 180. So we completed the race with 26 to 35 knots on the nose, blowing against the Gulf Stream. Every time we tacked to starboard we were blown toward Antarctica at about a million miles an hour.

We had some notable gear failures and finished in a tad over 10 hours. Poo! There were several withdrawals. But..when we arrived at Sailfish Club of Florida, we were treated like royalty. What a good bunch of people. The attached pics show the calm before the storm.
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Merry Christmas....
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Every now and again I feel the need to question my love of boats. This morning, I was head down-**** up in the lazarette of the boat I am currently 'improving' here in the Caribbean. There is a 7kw Northern Lights genny (big enough to power a small town). The battery is stuffed. It is almost inaccessible which is one of the reasons why it is stuffed.

While I was in this position, I noticed that a cockpit drain had been repaired with a length of electrician's tape. Yay! I'll fix that. Of course there is no sense in not checking all the other through hulls in the same area, which includes: One more cockpit drain, the water inlet and outlet from the genny. Two deck drains, the main engine raw water outlet and a manual bilge pump outlet.

Eight holes below the water line and just 8 worm-drive clamps. Not 16. Eight! And, of those eight, just one could be adjusted with a screwdriver. The other seven were corroded and sort-of disintegrated under the pressure of a Dave with a flat blade. Faaark! So, five hours later, and that little mess is under control and shipshape. And please remember, all this and the next bit are within the confines of the lazarette on a 50'er..... So:

Then I discovered whilst trying to exit, bum first, from the nether regions of the bote, that there is an encrusted bilge pump in a sumpy looking thing, forward of the genny. It seems there is a separate and unconnected bilge serviced by the world's oldest bilge pump. Not surprisingly, it is also stuffed (with a capital F). Not only that, but there is a layer of thick slime over the water within this sump which has been preventing the escape of a stink so vile, that I almost chundered after stirring this cess pit to life.

I have removed the old pump and hosed out the bilge with the assistance of a 110v sump pump and it is now clean and luvverly smelling thanks to the manufactures of hospital grade Lysol. I will buy a new pump at the chandlers later in the day. Of course, it is endlessly entertaining to go into the local marine store with the understanding that either one of two possibilities will emerge:
#1. "We don' 'ave such a t'ing mon." Or
#2. Sure, dat might only be $35 at West Marine in de States. But paradise is not cheep. Dat will be $90...plus de V.A.T."
All of this is accessed by the rental car I am paying $70 a day for. It's a clapped out Chrysler some-bloody-thing-or-other with 400,000 miles on the clock, which makes the sort of noises that, given it works and has brakes on at least one of the wheels, make me feel a little more confident about the state of the boat.

I am now sitting at a cafe. I drink alcohol only rarely, but have found a delightful beer, flavoured with red grapefruit and made by the local brewery. It's called Sands Radler. It's 2.5% alcohol and is served with deep fried wahoo fingers with mac and cheese and peas and rice. And, while I am getting a little tired of buying $10 worth of food for $25; it's bloody wonderful... And the Bahamian mama serving me has got the whole big teeth and protruding bum thing going on. Yay!

So, I am auditing my progress and, oddly, I am delighted that there are now less than 20 major items on the list.

But even when I am feeling that boats are a damned nuisance, I still have an enormous love for the places they can take me. It's just that sometimes it might be more profitable to take a plane.
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